Empirion ‎– Narcotic Influence

"Giving them drugs, taking their lives away" sample from the 1986 Lovecraft-inspired body-horror movie From Beyond.


Narcotic Influence 1
Narcotic Influence 2

Versions (10)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
JHS001 Empirion Narcotic Influence(12") Wanted Records JHS001 UK 1994 Sell This Version
XLT72PRA1 Empirion Narcotic Influence(7", S/Sided, Blu) XL Recordings XLT72PRA1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
XLT 72 R Empirion Narcotic Influence (Remixes)(12") XL Recordings XLT 72 R UK 1996 Sell This Version
XLS 72 JS Empirion Narcotic Influence / Ciao(7") XL Recordings XLS 72 JS UK 1996 Sell This Version
XLT 72 PR Empirion Narcotic Influence 1(10", S/Sided, Promo, Blu) XL Recordings XLT 72 PR UK 1996 Sell This Version
XLT 72 Empirion Narcotic Influence(12") XL Recordings XLT 72 UK 1996 Sell This Version
XLT 72 DJ Empirion Narcotic Influence(2x12", Promo) XL Recordings XLT 72 DJ UK 1996 Sell This Version
INT 827.924 Empirion Narcotic Influence(CD, Maxi) XL Recordings INT 827.924 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
XLS 72 CD Empirion Narcotic Influence(CD, Single) XL Recordings XLS 72 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
XLS72DL Empirion Narcotic Influence(5xFile, WAV, Single, RE) XL Recordings XLS72DL Unknown


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November 20, 2020
edited 7 months ago
referencing Narcotic Influence, CD, Single, XLS 72 CD

Emerging from their debut album Empirion's 'Narcotic Influence' is yet another blend of Breakbeat & Techno that is as stereotypical as they come. Leaning on a vocal hook and made for the sole use of the club this single isn't particularly intelligent but gets the job done.
Along with a shortened edit and full length version the track gets some welcome remixes by the likes of Dave Clarke, Secret Knowledge and most importantly Jack Dangers of Meat beat Manifesto who manages to turn the high octane dance number up a notch with a beat more often used by the likes of Lunatic Calm & Junkie XL.
In all this is an unremarkable track from a group who liked to keep things simple & effective, but with the added mixes giving different takes on what is essentially a cult classic the single is turned into something worth trying out if you enjoy the thought of the nostalgic hedonist club days of the mid 90s.


June 1, 2016
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Narcotic Influence, 12", JHS001
The B side (Version 2) was a huge tune in the Back to Basics basement when I used to go clubbing in Leeds in the mid 90's.


May 22, 2012
referencing Narcotic Influence, CD, Single, XLS 72 CD
As addictive as the subject matter.


October 12, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
referencing Narcotic Influence 1, 10", S/Sided, Promo, Blu, XLT 72 PR

'Narcotic Influence 1' is one of the mid 1990s UK techno classics.

It is true that in terms of sound, this was possibly a bit dated even by the time of it's re-release on the legendary XL Recordings, but there's no question that it stands out from the pack and remains an anthem.

The track is built around relatively simple kick drum beats, a searing distorted acid line, and a spoken vocal hook - seemingly warning about the dangers of drugs - which is quite a novelty for dance music. This is 'polished' of with all manner of industrial percussion throughout.

At the time, Empirion were touted by some as the new Prodigy, but they never fulfilled their promise. We can at least lay some of the blame on the techno purists for that.

An no, I haven't played this promo release - that would ruin the packaging!